Welcome Message

The Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is dedicated to the central practice of awakening. The activities of the Center cultivate awareness of the essential beauty and dignity of life coming from full engagement with life-as-it-is.

The Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is named after Jikai Dainin Katagiri Roshi, the root teacher of Joen Snyder O'Neal and Michael O'Neal. Jikai, Compassionate Ocean, refers to reality itself, which always holds us and bathes us with compassion. Even though we may not be aware of it, even though we may be experiencing a lot of suffering, still we are held in the great ocean of Buddha's compassion.

The Center offers programs in Zen practice and study as well as programs in mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Program Highlights

Total Dynamic Living-An Eight Week Program in Mindfulness and Mindfullness-Based Stress Reduction

Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, June 19 to July 28

St. Paul
Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, June 11 to July 30

Both classes include a one-day retreat on Saturday July 25.
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Buddhist Studies Course

Mindfulness Speech and Deep Listening
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm, June 10 - July 29
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Special Events

Introduction to Zen Meditation: One session instruction
Sunday, May 17, 9:00-11:15 A.M. (including Dharma talk)
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Baika Workshop with visiting teacher from Japan
Saturday, May 16
Baika is a form of Buddhist hymn singing developed by the Soto Zen school to express the depth and beauty of human life and of Buddhist teaching.
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Weekly Gatherings and Meditation Schedule

Weekly Gatherings
Sunday Morning Gatherings: 9:00 -11:15 A.M.
Friday Morning Gatherings: 9:30-11:00 A.M.

Meditation Schedule
Wednesday morning, 7:00-8:45 A.M.
Friday evenings, April 10 and May 8, 7:00-9:00 P.M.
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